A K Hangal passes away

Veteran actor A K Hangal, who was best known for his roles in films like 'Namak Haram', 'Sholay' and 'Shaukeen', passed away at a hospital this morning following a brief illness, the veteran actor had participated in the freedom struggle before turning to acting. "He passed away at 9 AM at Asha Parekh Hospital...He was not keeping well for quite some time," Hangal's son Vijay said. "He was on life support initially but the doctors decided to take him off the ventilator since his condition wasn't improving," he said. The veteran was admitted to the hospital in suburban Santa Cruz on 16th August after he slipped and fell down in his bathroom on 13th August, fracturing his right femur (thigh) bone.
Hangal, who has been in and out of hospital since the last few years, was suffering from several ailments including high blood pressure and kidney dysfunction. Doctors attending to him initially felt that he needed to be operated on for the fracture but considering his advanced age they dropped the idea. "My father was a spirited man....He kept fighting every time till his last breath," Vijay said, adding the funeral will be held at 1 PM. The actor was facing severe financial hardship before several celebrities from the film industry chipped in with funds after news of his deteriorating health broke out last year. He played roles in films like "Sholay", "Shaukeen", "Namak Haram", "Aaina", "Avtaar", "Arjun", "Aandhi", "Kora Kagaz", "Bawarchi", "Chitchor", "Guddi", "Abhimaan", "Anamika" and "Parichay". He was also a regular in Rajesh Khanna's starrers like "Aap Ki Kasam", "Amar Deep", "Naukri", "Thodisi Bewafaii" and "Phir Wohi Raat".


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